Murder in a small town: We know who is responsible, but why?

SMU Meadows Theatre presents Lanford Wilson’s The Rimers of Eldritch as its first production of the Spring 2013 semester. The show will run through Sunday, March 3 in the Greer Garson Theatre, Owen Arts Center.

The drama is set in the mid-20th century in Eldritch, Missouri – a Bible Belt town frozen in time with a plummeting economy and population. The play exposes Eldritch’s small-town characteristics and flaws when a woman murders a local man.

Sometimes characterized as a murder mystery, the play forces audiences to explore the inside and outside of this small town and wonder if they, too, live in a similar place.

The play was first performed in 1966; author Wilson was raised in Missouri and went on to attend Southwest Missouri State College and San Diego State, which he left to move to Chicago. He received numerous recognitions throughout his lifetime including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1980 and a Theater Hall of Fame membership in 2001.

Bernard Cummings, assistant professor in the Division of Theatre, is directing the Meadows production. Cummings is a graduate from the Yale School of Drama and has performed in venues ranging from off-Broadway to television. He has also had his own play writing produced across the nation and abroad.

Tickets are $7 for SMU faculty, staff and students. Performances begin at 8 p.m. through March 2 and at 2 p.m. on March 2-3. For more information, contact the Meadows Ticket Office, 214-768-2787 (214-SMU-ARTS).

A full cast list is posted after the jump.

SMU Meadows Theatre, The Rimers of Eldritch, Spring 2013

Cast List

Robert Conklin          Derick Rodgers (B.F.A. ’13)

Eva Jackson              Carson McCain (B.F.A. ’14)

Evelyn Jackson          Barbie Wu (M.F.A. ’14)

Nelly Windrod            Heather LaRocco (B.F.A. ’15)

Mary Windrod            Kelsey Smith (B.F.A. ’14)

Patsy Johnson           Susana Batres (M.F.A. ’14)

Mavis Johnson           Ariana Howell (B.F.A. ’15)

Peck Johnson            Ted Quincy Gwara (B.F.A. ’13)

Josh Johnson            Tim Beirne (B.F.A. ’14)

Lena Truit                  Marissa Romer (B.F.A. ’13)

Martha Truit              Mariella Tabales (B.F.A. ’13)

Wilma Atkins              Chinyere Oputa (B.F.A. ’14)

Skelly Manor              Hunter Ringsmith (B.F.A. ’13)

Preacher / Judge       Brady Mathew Stebleton (B.F.A. ’13)

Cora Groves               Ashlee Elizabeth Bashore (M.F.A. ’14)

Walter                         Seth Jacob Fenton (B.F.A. ’14)

A Trucker                    Josh Porter (B.F.A. ’14)